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Paralympics chief: No need for human rights assurances from host countries

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
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SOCHI, Russia -- Countries bidding to host the Olympics and Paralympics should not be compelled to provide assurances about human rights standards, according to the head of the International Paralympic Committee.

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Billie Jean King talks Sochi Olympics, LGBT rights, openly gay athletes

Saturday, March 1, 2014
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Billie Jean King's taxi ride home after the Sochi Olympics included a revelation. She had just returned from a whirlwind three days at the Sochi Games, part of the U.S. delegation for the closing ceremony chosen by President Barack Obama. She watched the gold-medal men's hockey game won by Canada, went up the mountain for bobsled, greeted U.S. athletes and met a Russian gay teenager...

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Farewell, Sochi! Russia closes costly, political, controversial Olympics

Sunday, February 23, 2014
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SOCHI, Russia — Flushed with pride after a spectacular showing at the costliest Olympics ever, Russia celebrated 17 days of sport-driven global unity on Sunday night with a farewell show that hands off the Winter Games to their next host, Pyeongchang in South Korea. Said the head of the International Olympic Committee: "Russia delivered all what it had promised."

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Human rights pledge urged for future Olympic host countries

Saturday, February 22, 2014
Darron Cummings, APA fan carries a Russian flag while walking in the Olympic Plaza during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.
Citing widespread dismay with Russia's anti-gay laws, a coalition of more than 30 human rights and gay rights groups is calling on the International Olympic Committee to ensure that future Olympic host countries do not have discriminatory laws on their books.

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Olympic committee defends Monday’s removal of gay rights activist

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
David Goldman, APVladimir Luxuria, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, is detained by police after entering the Shayba Arena at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.
SOCHI, Russia — The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday defended the removal of an Italian gay rights activist from a Sochi arena, saying she was “escorted from there peacefully” and not detained.

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Two members of punk group Pussy Riot released after being detained in Sochi

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Russian punk group Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, in the blue balaclava, and Maria Alekhina, in the pink balaclava, make their way through a crowd after they were released from a police station, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Adler, Russia. No charges were filed against Tolokonnikova and Alekhina along with the three others who were detained. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
SOCHI, Russia — Russian punk group Pussy Riot burst onto the Olympic scene Tuesday when two of its members were picked up by police in host city Sochi — and then ran away defiant down a rain-soaked street a few hours later, shouting and wearing their trademark garish balaclavas.

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Gay rights activist wearing rainbow outfit, headdress arrested at Olympic Park

Monday, February 17, 2014
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SOCHI, Russia -- An Italian activist shouting "It's OK to be gay" and dressed in a rainbow-colored outfit and large headdress was detained Monday as she entered an arena to watch an Olympic hockey game.

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Russia: Activist and former Italian lawmaker was never detained in Sochi

Monday, February 17, 2014
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SOCHI, Russia - Italian gay rights activist Vladimir Luxuria said she was detained by police at the Olympics after being stopped while carrying a rainbow flag that read in Russian: "Gay is OK." Police on Monday denied this happened, and the owner of Sochi's gay club said she was at his club that evening "enjoying" herself.

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Former Italian lawmaker briefly detained in Sochi for displaying ‘Gay is OK’ banner

Sunday, February 16, 2014
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SOCHI, Russia -- A transgender activist and former member of the Italian Parliament was arrested and briefly detained by Russian authorities in Sochi after she reportedly held up a banner that read “Gay is OK,” according to the leader of an Italian gay rights group.

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Here’s Johnny! Clothes make the man and vice versa

Sunday, February 16, 2014
NBCJohnny Weir at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
SOCHI, Russia — He promised himself something the first time he ever laced up a pair of skates. It's the same thing Johnny Weir returns to in those quiet moments most evenings, just before the TV camera's "on-air" light flashes red. "I'm wearing makeup, a double necklace and a cream sweater," he said. "I don't feel an obligation to tone myself down.

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